- Aug 25, 2001
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Wait a minute - someone is manufacturing fake leg bands for pigeons? Is this the most niche crime ever?!
Australia’s Agriculture Department, which is responsible for biosecurity, agreed that the pigeon dubbed Joe, after U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, was wearing a “fraudulent copy” leg band.
“Following an investigation, the department has concluded that Joe the Pigeon is highly likely to be Australian and does not present a biosecurity risk,” it said in a statement.
The department said it will take no further action.
Ruh-roh ... The pigeon called Joe somehow traversed the Pacific to get from the USA to Australia, and now Australia wants to capture and kill him.
That's correct. Mr. Depp was wearing a fake leg band, so the Australian authorities tried to capture and kill him.That's what they tried to do to Johnny Depp.
Neighbours in Balham, south London, alerted the authorities when they saw the cat sitting at the window and feared she may attack their own pets.
Wandsworth Council were also tipped off when Brown emailed the town hall to ask about getting a licence under the DWA Act.
When contacted by officers, Brown said he no longer owned the serval and insisted he was moving to Lambeth, the council said.
Nothing more was heard for six months until another member of the public complained about seeing a wildcat sitting at the window of a property in Roehampton, south-west London.
Animal welfare officers and police visited and questioned Brown, who at that stage insisted the cat was not a serval but another species of less dangerous wildcat.
The animal was removed and rehoused at a specialist wildlife facility.
In 2019, Brown said he was actively trying to get a licence and claimed he only agreed to look after the serval after its previous owner struggled to care for it.
These claims were undermined by Brown’s glowing Facebook endorsements of the Russian company he purchased the cat from, the council said yesterday.
Checks showed a microchip found in her neck had been issued to a company in Russia.
Brown did not turn up for taped interviews with council investigators and did not answer a summons to appear in court. He was charged with keeping a dangerous wild animal without a licence, and convicted in his absence.
He was fined £1,000, ordered to pay £4,000 in prosecution costs and a £181 victim surcharge, and banned from owning any wild animals for two years.
Man fined £5,000 after neighbours spot wildcat he kept as pet in window
James Brown, 36, bought the animal from a Russian company without a licence so was convicted under the Dangerous Wild Animals (DWA) Act and ordered to pay a total of £5,000.
From google:Around 10 years ago, while taking a bus from Chipping Norton to Witney during the day, I was somewhat surprised to glance across a field and spot a solitary wallaby near a tree line. After a double and a triple take, I realised it was actually there and I was witnessing this!! I have heard of some wild colonies of them present in the UK, but none in the Oxfordshire area to my knowledge.
Around 10 years ago, while taking a bus from Chipping Norton to Witney during the day, I was somewhat surprised to glance across a field and spot a solitary wallaby near a tree line. After a double and a triple take, I realised it was actually there and I was witnessing this!! I have heard of some wild colonies of them present in the UK, but none in the Oxfordshire area to my knowledge.
Walrus spotted in Wales, days after one seen off Ireland
A walrus has been spotted at the bottom of a Welsh cliff, just days after one was seen off the coast of Ireland.
The creature was seen near Broad Haven South beach, Pembrokshire, on Friday before it managed to get back into the sea.
It is thought the animal may have been the same one that was seen off the County Kerry coast.
Cleopatra Browne of Welsh Marine Life Rescue was called to the scene where the walrus was "sat there, chilling".
"It was about the size of a cow," said the 42-year-old, of St Davids, Pembrokeshire.
"It was a whopper. I've seen them on telly and the news but it was huge." ...
I was going to make a quip about dire rheas, but it would probably sound forced."Rhea birds running wild on Hertfordshire housing estate"
Several rhea birds that have been running around a housing estate (...) at Maple Cross, close to the M25, Hertfordshire Police said.
(...) had tried to identify owners, but concluded the flightless birds were effectively wild.
All rather strange. They must have been somewhere before they started running around in Maple Cross (not exactly rural).
I don't think they would be good as pets, so that leaves farming (unlikely they would be farmed, and if they were then I expect they would be reported as missing), or at a stretch, escapees from some kind of private zoo?
Already posted... see above.Wasn't sure where to put this so settled for here as a rampaging big bird goes on the loose!!